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The next generation of bars are here

The next generation of bars are here

The next generation of bars is now ready for you

Press Release: September 11, 2018

After a long summer spent on getting you what would get you to go further on the water with our next generation kite lineup, we knew that we couldn’t just stop there. Our bars were in need of an upgrade that fit the caliber of kites and to provide you with gear that is an enabler and not a distraction.

After all this, Ocean Rodeo is proud to announce our new lineup of bars. Made to suit all your needs we’ve developed this lineup to match your style, be rugged and true, and not overbearing. Keeping things simple so you spend less time reading this article and more time kiting!

Introducing the Shift

The Shift bar notes some refinements from it’s previous iteration as the Stick Shift. Slimming everything down (including it’s name) the Shift bar is more profiled, built even tougher, and is engineered with the help of the performance engineering group r3. Using their ‘r3inforced’ framework, the Shift bar is built with key components that allowed us to take an existing backline trim bar and make it last longer in rougher conditions, act more presicely without taking your eyes off the water, and create a more direct feeling to your kites.

The Pilot Bar

Already soft released to the public for some time now the Pilot Bar was made to show that high end engineering doesn’t always have to have complex solutions.

Fulfilling our lineup and taking things down to basics the Pilot Bar allowed for us to put forth simple solutions to complex problems. The pilot bar contains an ‘r3inforced’ framework as well, with a precision cleat lock, stainless steel center with a dual chamber polyurethane tubing to ensure no chaffing and no line tangle.

Both the Shift and the Pilot bar come to you and are already in at some local retailers. We’re always looking to provide you with no excuses riding and Ocean Rodeo equipment for you and your local spot. Find where you can see one at our dealer finder, or if you are a retailer and are looking for bars to demo contact us.

The Kite Mag Talks the Future!

The Kite Mag Talks the Future!

photo by Jay Wallace

The Kite Mag Talks New Products

In our latest meeting with The Kite Mag, we talk about our tried, tested and true process, what it means to truly excel at making kites for our riders, and the unique position we’re in as a rider owned company to provide what no other brand can. You can read the whole article here

The Kite Mag Says

Ocean Rodeo have just pumped out new generation releases of all of their kites… They have a reputation as a brand that really thinks their products through and this is evident in the current lineup which really does have something for everyone. You might not see the appeal of kiting in the icy pacific northwest waters that they call home, but jump on one and the chances are you’ll see the appeal of an Ocean Rodeo kite.

photo by Jim Stringfellow

The Kites Are Out… Now What?

Ocean Rodeo is Proud to say we’re weeks away from our next release of our backline trim lineup. To go with our refinements we’ve even refined the name. Now titled the Shift Bar, this second generation Ocean Rodeo backline trim bar will feature everything of it’s predecessor, the Stick Shift along with some further refinements, including some you might have already seen on the Ocean Rodeo Pilot Bar.

Along with this we have another release coming your way this fall/winter as well! Stay tuned as we drop a great new twist on an old classic. 

IKSurf Mag Interviews Carla Herrera

IKSurf Mag Interviews Carla Herrera

IKSurf Mag Interviews Carla Herrera

Where did you grow up, when did you learn to kite, and what made you interested in the sport?

I was born in the Dominican Republic, but later my family moved to Spain. When I was 12 years old, we moved to Conil in Southern Spain, just one hour from Tarifa. Two years later, I flew a kite for the first time, and that’s when I got hooked. Ever since I have always kept one eye on the forecast and don’t see myself ever living away from the sea. What got me interested was the power of the kite, the adrenalin and Tarifa’s challenging conditions.

On the women’s side, you’ve been one of the pioneers in strapless freestyle. Has this always been your discipline of choice and what attracted you to it?

To begin with, I started with freestyle and achieved a pretty decent level! But two years ago I tried the surfboard and really enjoyed it. After a few sessions, I decided to move over to strapless freestyle. I guess I switched because I am a girl who likes action. Also, we don’t usually get nice waves for wave riding here!

How has living Tarifa influenced you as a rider?

Tarifa is well known for it’s strong winds; almost everyday we get great conditions for training strapless freestyle. Many of the riders here have a super high level, so I learn from them and get motivated to improve every time I ride.

 

Well done on a successful start to the season on the GKA World Tour. The women seem to be on fire! What have you done to prepare for the season?

Honestly, I thought that this year we would have some more freestyle events on the tour and the other women would be a bit more motivated and prepared for it.

Last winter, I moved to Brazil to train properly. There, I got more consistent and learnt how to go bigger. I was really close to landing my first strapless kite loops!

Sadly, this year most of the women’s events are wave-based with only a bit of freestyle, as most women don’t want to ride freestyle. At the moment, I am trying to train and improve my wave riding, although this is not the easiest in Tarifa. I really Think with the right support and training I could be on top in the wave events. Wish me luck!

Read  full article at IKSURF Mag by clicking here.

The Kite Mag Reviews the Roam

The Kite Mag Reviews the Roam

The Kite Mag Tests The Roam

Photo:  Jay Wallace

 

While our pro riders were out competing hard in Morocco at the GKA world tour, they were able to get away from the action just long enough to pass our Next Gen Roam to the team over at The Kite Mag. Here’s a little excerpt from their article.

The Kite Mag’s Take

 

“there is a lovely smooth delivery of power as you dive the kite and then it drives forward in the window and delivered plenty of power for cruising around. Also impressive was the upwind performance which seemed to defy the laws of physics as it feels like the kite is sitting pretty deep but it still really trucks you upwind.”

A Wave Kite Like No Other

The Roam is Ocean Rodeo’s dedicated wave kite and the kite of Choice for Ocean Rodeo’s GKA pro rider’s Carla Herrera and Reece Myerscough. Built with a No Excuses attitude this kite is second to none in wave riding.

 

A strong showing at Viana do Castelo!

A strong showing at Viana do Castelo!

A Strong Showing at Viana do Castelo!

All photos credited to Ydwer van der Heide

 

Ocean Rodeo had an absolute strong showing this week in Viana do Castelo, Portugal as the GKA’s Kitesurf World Tour held its third event of the season. The event had no choice but to move at a frantic pace as windless conditions forced the tournament to be conducted in just a single day. Ocean Rodeo proved to be up to the task as Carla Herrera and Reece Myerscough were eager to hit the waves since landing in Portugal the week prior.

The Rookie Reece Continues to Shine

 

Reece displayed what his board could do both on the waves and behind the scenes. Reece’s custom board allowed him to win one of his heats, and perform never before seen technicality in front of the judges through the event. Knowing that there is some growth ahead, and the next event upcoming in Tarifa there is a real sense that the GKA rookie is settling in and poised to make some real noise for the back half of the series.

Carla Goes on a Tour de Force

Carla was zoned in and determined to make up ground in the overall standings as she made one amazing run to cap off the women’s event. After a heartbreaking first heat loss she then went on an absolute tear winning the next eight straight heats to place third. With this win she’s closed the gap between her and Ines Correia and in prime position to be in the top three this year.

With the next event in Carla’s hometown of Tarifa both Ocean Rodeo team riders are more than motivated to show what no excuses kiting looks like and to keep stunning the competition.

Our OBX 2018 Trip is a Wrap!

Our OBX 2018 Trip is a Wrap!

Our Annual crew trip to Hatteras was an amazing to say the least! Another sold out week at Kitty Hawk resort followed up by a great meeting of several Ocean Rodeo crews in the area. Brand new Ocean Rodeo gear and unreleased equipment were on in full display.

“The OBX trip is so amazing, because it brings a group of people together from all different works of life, scattered throughout the continent, based on one common passion.  Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks of North Carolina  is the perfect setting for such an event, for so many reasons. The best sessions of peoples lives are likely to take place there throughout the span of a week, because you can have epic conditions for every possible discipline of the sport, whether it be the flat water through Planet of the Apes, or perfect side shore overhead peelers on the outside.

And the resort… each room having its own large balcony with a hot tub facing west towards the sunsets, lets you experience the action up close and personal.  We were lucky enough this year to have 10m sunset sessions almost every night, where you could easily kite into the night lit by the shine of the full moon rising in the east, and the brilliant smoothy orange hues of the sun setting over the west.”

“It’s a Great Sign of what’s to come.”

Graham Harney

Team Rider, Ocean Rodeo

“The only issue we had over the weekend was that we didn’t have enough demo gear to keep up with the demand!” 

– Adrian Splinter, Ocean Rodeo Sales Team

Photos By Jay Wallace and Todd Macsween

“The OBX trip is so amazing, because it brings a group of people together from all different works of life, scattered throughout the continent, based on one common passion.  Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks of North Carolina  is the perfect setting for such an event, for so many reasons. The best sessions of peoples lives are likely to take place there throughout the span of a week, because you can have epic conditions for every possible discipline of the sport, whether it be the flat water through Planet of the Apes, or perfect side shore overhead peelers on the outside.

And the resort… each room having its own large balcony with a hot tub facing west towards the sunsets, lets you experience the action up close and personal.  We were lucky enough this year to have 10m sunset sessions almost every night, where you could easily kite into the night lit by the shine of the full moon rising in the east, and the brilliant smoothy orange hues of the sun setting over the west.”

Todd Horn, Ocean Rodeo Sales Team